WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A second Williams Planning and Zoning meeting regarding preliminary plat approval for a 35-lot subdivision near Elephant Rocks Golf garnered another large crowd June 20.
Several residents voiced concern about the environmental impacts from the development and the potential effects on water and sewer infrastructure, although Planning and Zoning Commissioner George Glen advised the public that the commission would only be addressing planning and zoning requirements.
The housing development, called Fairway in the Pines, would add 35 single family homes, fewer than the originally stated 37, on 4,000 - 8,300 square foot lots west of Country Club Drive near Elephant Rocks Golf Course.
Williams Chief Building Inspector Tim Pettit said the property had previously been approved to have 45 units, including town home units, on the parcel.
According to Pettit, the property had been rezoned R-2 around 2005 to allow higher density housing. Steve Iverson of Phantom Ranch Development purchased the 7.27 acre property in November 2018.
At an earlier meeting, Iverson said the homes will be built with high-end materials with a purchase price of $300,000 - $400,000. He anticipates the homes will be desirable to retirees.
At the June 20 meeting, Iverson asked for a variance to allow side yard setbacks of 10 feet with a five-foot minimum on each side.
After nearly two hours of discussion, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary plat and the variance.
The preliminary plat and variance will now go before the Williams City Council for final approval at the council’s June 27 meeting at City Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.